Alan I. Schwartzstein, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Oregon, Wisconsin, is speaker of the American Academy of Family Physicians Congress of Delegates, the organization’s governing body. As speaker, Schwartzstein will serve as an officer on the AAFP Board of Directors. The AAFP represents 134,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. As an AAFP board member, Schwartzstein advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients to inspire positive change in the US health care system.
Schwartzstein is a family physician at SSM/Health Dean Medical Group in South Central Wisconsin, where he has practiced for the past 30 years. He has more than 35 years of clinical experience and background in leadership, community service, public health, advocacy and education. He also serves as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, where he teaches both students and residents.
A member of the AAFP since 1981, Schwartzstein has held numerous leadership positions at the state and national level. He served on the AAFP Congress of Delegates as Wisconsin alternate delegate and delegate from 2007 to 2015. He served on the AAFP Commission on Governmental Advocacy, and was a member of the Commission on Health of the Public and Science, which he chaired in 2013. He has held many leadership positions in the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians, including president-elect, president, and board chair.
Schwartzstein also is an active member of the Wisconsin Medical Society, including serving four years as vice speaker. A member of the American Institute of Parliamentarians, he is well versed in parliamentary procedure and its application.
Throughout his career, Schwartzstein has received several awards for his community advocacy and leadership. In 2010, he was given the Dean Health System Community Service Award in recognition of his extensive community service and leadership. He served on the Board of Health for Madison and Dane County from 2005 to 2013, and was chair from 2005 to 2008. For this, he received service awards from the public health agencies as well as Madison’s Mayor and the Dane County Executive. In 2014, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker appointed Schwartzstein to the state’s Public Health Council. In 2018, the Wisconsin Medical Society presented Dr. Schwartzstein with a Presidential Citation, in recognition of his contributions to the profession of medicine, his patients and the citizens of Wisconsin.
Schwartzstein earned his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts. He earned his medical degree from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, New Jersey. He completed his residency at the Brown University Family Practice Residency program.
Schwartzstein is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.